Seeking way to get Telford started, Red Wings make him a...

Minor-league notebook

June 06, 1993|By KENT BAKER

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK — Seeking way to get Telford started, Red Wings make him a 0) starter

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- A skeptic could look at the Rochester Red Wings' decision to move Anthony Telford into the rotation as a reward for a job poorly done.

"He needs to get going," manager Bob Miscik said of Telford, who is 3-4 with a 3.00 ERA, and has allowed 55 runners in 39 innings of relief. "Maybe this is what pushes the buttons.

"He's been a successful starter at this level. We're just trying to find something that works, more than accommodating him."

Telford, 27, was among the International League's best starters each of the past two seasons. After clearing waivers, he began this season in the bullpen because that would be his role if he were called up, Miscik said. Although he was among the league's top 10 in ERA early in the season, Telford struggled. He lost his first three decisions.

But Telford was just one of the Red Wings' many ineffective relievers. The bullpen was 6-15 going into the weekend. In their previous five games, the relievers had were 1-3 with an 11.85 ERA.

The move put Todd Stephan back in the pen. In another pitching move, right-hander Jason Satre, called up from Bowie, replaced veteran Don Schulze (4-1, 5.11).

NOTES: Mark Parent was named IL Batter of the Week for May 23-29. The catcher batted .474 (9-for-19) with three home runs and nine RBI. . . . John O'Donoghue was named Pitcher of the Week for the same period. The left-hander allowed four hits and recorded nine strikeouts in seven shutout innings against Toledo. . . . Kevin McGehee pitched a complete-game, six-hit victory over Charlotte on Wednesday. . . . The Red Wings were tied for the lead in batting at .276. Even though they led the league with 292 runs, nine of their past 13 losses have been by one run. . . . Right fielder Mark Smith was named Player of the Month for May in the Orioles organization and O'Donoghue was selected Pitcher of the Month.

-- Kent Baker

Baysox: Wawruck hits stride

When Jim Wawruck was a child, his dream was to become a professional soccer player.

"That lasted until I graduated from high school," said the Bowie Baysox left fielder. "But I knew there wasn't much of a future in this country in soccer.

"I went to Sweden for a while and found out the competition was much better in Europe. And it was too far away from my family. So, now I'm completely focused on making the majors in baseball."

Entering the weekend, Wawruck carried a nine-game hitting streak with two or more hits in seven straight games. He went 17-for-32 (.531) on the Baysox's last road trip to take a percentage-points lead on Canton-Akron's Manny Ramirez in the Eastern League batting race.

"He uses the whole field and gets on base a lot," said manager Don Buford. "I think he's learning to hit in situations better and his defense is good enough."

Wawruck also leads the team in steals, not because of blinding speed, but because he is fast enough and reads pitchers' moves well.

A fifth-round pick in 1991, Wawruck was a baseball and soccer star at the University of Vermont for three years and wants to complete work on his degree.

"Once I start something, I want to finish," he said.

NOTES: The Baysox hit .346 as a team on the recent trip, finishing with a season-high 19 hits against Binghamton. Eight players had multi-hit games. . . . Satre left to join the Red Wings after Thursday's exhibition. He was the ace of the Baysox with a 5-2 record and 50 strikeouts in 61 innings. . . . Gregg Zaun sat out the second game of a doubleheader after catching 23 straight games. He had 19 RBI in that stretch. . . . Jason Alstead's first three hits with the Baysox were all bunts. . . . Infielder Sam Ferretti is due off the disabled list shortly after recovering from a separated shoulder. . . . The Baysox have won five times when they trailed going into the final two innings.

-- Kent Baker

Keys: Fair-weather fans

FREDERICK

FREDERICK -- With the improvement in the weather, attendance is picking up for the Keys.

The team had its largest crowd of the season, 9,357, for a doubleheader against Prince William on May 29 and followed with its best Sunday crowd this year, 8,008.

For the first time, the Keys are ahead of their 1992 pace when they attracted 329,592 for their Carolina League home schedule.

After 29 dates, a league-leading 107,466 have visited Grove Stadium, almost 4,000 more than last season over a similar period. The Keys' per-game average, 3,706, is third to Wilmington and Durham.

NOTES: Pitcher Scott Klingenbeck (sore arm) was activated from the disabledlist and was scheduled to make a start last night. . . . The Keys finished their last homestand with a 6-2 record, winning doubleheaders on consecutive days. But they have only a slight chance of catching Northern Division-leader Wilmington in the first-half title race. . . . Dave Paveloff (15 saves) and Curtis Goodwin (26 steals) continue to lead the league.

-- Kent Baker

Suns: Caught short

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